Workshop on Stochastic Morphometrics

The field of morphometrics – the quantitative analysis of shape and form – is rapidly developing in the methodological domain, in availability of large scale datasets, and in the biological information that can be derived from morphological traits. This includes correlating morphological variation with genetic information, generating ancestral shapes from modern observations, statistical inference of phylogenies based on morphological data, and the application of modern machine learning techniques for image processing, feature extraction, and large scale data processing. On the mathematical side, the description of full shapes now allows stochastic modeling of shape dynamics and inference of stochastic shape models.

With this workshop, we aim to bring together researchers in the above fields focusing on advanced morphometrics, large scale digital data sets, and recent advances in mathematical modeling of shape variation to develop phylogenetic inference techniques for full shapes.

The workshop is hosted by the Center for Computational Evolutionary Morphometry (CCEM) and the connected Stochastic Morphometry project. The first day marks the official opening of CCEM, with keynote talks by Joe Felsenstein (UW) and Doug Boyer (Duke/MorphoSource).

Tentative program

(days fixed but hours subject to change)

Wednesday June 8, 2022

15:00-15:30: Opening, introduction to CCEM and the Stochastic morphometry project: PIs Stefan Sommer (UCPH) and Rasmus Nielsen (UCPH/Berkeley)
15:30-16:15: Keynote: Doug Boyer (MorphoSource/Duke University): 
"Morphology 3D Data: Initiating Virtuous Cycles"
16:15- 17:00: Keynote: Joe Felsenstein and Fred Bookstein (University of Washington; virtual):
Insight into old and new methods: geometric morphometrics and phylogenetic inference from a linear maximum likelihood point of view
17:00-17:20: Speeches by department heads, DIKU, GLOBE and BIO
17:20- : Opening reception with light food

Thursday June 9, 2022

13:00-13:45: Kim Steenstrup Pedersen (Digital Collections, Natural History Museum Denmark):
Digitisation of Natural History Collections in Denmark – State of affairs and plans for the future
13:45-14:30: Julie Winchester (MorphoSource/Duke University):
Supporting and strengthening 3D morphometric data pipelines from production to analysis with MorphoSource digital repository infrastructure
14:30-14:45: break
14:45-15:30: Michael Collyer (geomorph/Chatham University):
Extending computational frontiers in landmark-based geometric morphometric methods
15:30-16:00 TBA

Friday June 10, 2022 

13:00-13:45: Anjali Goswami (Natural History Museum, London):
"From Development to Deep Time: Reconstructing the Evolution of Diversity with a Phenomic Approach"
13:45-14:30: Josefin Stiller (UCPH):
Flocks of Trees: Reconstructing evolutionary histories from genomic data
14:30-14:45: break
14:45-15:30: Nicolas Chazot (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences):
"Investigating butterfly wing evolution at macroevolutionary scale"
15:30-16:00: Christy Hipsley (UCPH): Visualising evolution in 4 dimensions using X-ray CT


The workshop is open for all interested participants.

Venue and online participation

The workshop will take place at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark at the faculty of SCIENCE, faculty of SCIENCE:
Day 1: Universitetsparken 13, Auditorium 1
Day 2: Universitetsparken 15, Auditorium A
Day 3: Universitetsparken 13, Auditorium 3

Online participation will be possible via this link:

See map of venue


For general inquiries please contact Christine S. Andersen.